Winter brings battles for Quarter Horse Races at Remington Park

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OKLAHOMA CITY - Quarter horse races kick off at Remington Park this weekend and the horses are getting stir crazy.

The cold temperatures have had an effect on the race horses, the track even shut down for practice because it froze during Oklahoma’s winter blasts.

Trainers are still finding plenty of ways to keep their horses active to help get rid of cabin fever.

Horses are getting antsy, water is freezing in drink buckets and icicles hang from the barns.

"January and February are the rough months as far as weather and everything," said Trainer Stacey Capps.

Trainer Stacey Capps, from Vinita, has about 50 horses.

She starts preparing them for races in September to stay ahead of the game, but when winter hits, it can become especially dangerous for the horses.

"Them sliding and falling just like us, tearing something up, breaking something and they got four legs instead of two so they can really pull things, tear ligaments, all kinds of stuff," said Capps.

With the cold temperatures, the track has been closed often this season.

"It actually does freezes up. They'll have to take the tractors out there with the arrows go round and round to break the track up and of course sunshine helps heat and thaw out the racetrack," said Remington Park Paddock Host Chris Kotulak.

Even though horses like Spot can't get out on the track every day, they still get out no matter what, get their exercise in, like doing laps around the barn.

Trainers also put their horses in walking wheels for some action, making sure to salt the ground to prevent any slips.

Despite cabin fever, these horses are ready to put on a show this weekend.

"It's from the Top Gun movie, if you have the need for speed, this is it for Quarter Horse racing," said Kotulak.

"Just amazing watching these animals give you everything they got," said Capps.

Quarter Horse opening weekend kicks off Friday, March 6th and runs through Sunday, March 8th.

Click here for more information on the races.


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